The demand is insatiable for ethical hackers who hunt for security weaknesses before attackers can take advantage of them. Companies are scrambling to avoid Sony and Target-type hacks and the government is always working 24/7 to fortify their networks.
Certified ethical hackers in the U.S. can expect to start out at about $71,000 annually. Jobs like security analyst and penetration tester, or someone who tries to crack networks to find vulnerabilities all fall under the Ethical Hacker umbrella. Depending on which subset you choose, that figure could go as high as $145,000, and more than double that for chief information security officers.